Leadership Team

Valerie Coats

Technology Coordinator


Valerie is the Technology Coordinator for the Pivot Program. Valerie also jointly serves as the Technology Coordinator for the Prisons and Justice Initiative (PJI) at Georgetown University. In her role, Valerie supports the bridging of instructional technology with our students and is responsible for aiding in the technology integration process for Pivot Fellows.

Valerie is a magna cum laude graduate of Howard University, with a degree in Psychology and Business Administration. By trade, she is a web designer and developer with expertise in user experience. Valerie finds her work with Pivot and PJI extremely rewarding and is dedicated to empowering incarcerated individuals and supporting their reintegration into society.

Aliyah Graves-Brown

Assistant Director of Program Management


Aliyah Graves-Brown is the Assistant Director of Program Management for the Pivot Program. Aliyah has been actively involved in program design and implementation since the program’s inception. In addition to providing administrative support for the Pivot team, Aliyah is also responsible for one-on-one coaching and development of Pivot Fellows. Aliyah also serves as the Program Coordinator for the Prisons and Justice Initiative (PJI) at Georgetown University, which brings together scholars, practitioners, and students to combat the problem of mass incarceration. As Program Coordinator, Aliyah administers the Prison Scholars Program at the DC Jail, while also assisting with PJI event and program coordination, website and social media maintenance, outreach, and administrative assistance.

Aliyah is a 2017 graduate from Georgetown University. During her senior year, Aliyah served as a Research Assistant for the Prisons and Justice Initiative, primarily responsible for event planning and launching “PJI Pals”, a mentoring program for children with incarcerated parents. Upon graduating, she worked for Oracle’s Public Sector Division as a Business Development Consultant, until she returned to the Hilltop and joined the PJI and Pivot teams in 2018.

Ralph Green

Program Associate


Ralph Green is a Program Associate for the Pivot Program. In this role, Ralph assists with the financial and operational aspects of the program’s administration, including managing courses, as well as accounting and payroll. 

Ralph is a 2019 graduate from the Pivot Program and a member of the inaugural class of Pivot Fellows. Ralph came to Pivot with a strong background in the food industry and began a finance and operations internship at Prequel, a pop-up restaurant space for aspiring chefs. As a fellow, Ralph won $4,000 in startup funding through the Pivot Pitch competition, which he plans to use to launch his own business providing commercial cleaning and maintenance services to restaurants.

Marc M. Howard

Executive Director


Marc M. Howard is the Co-Executive Director and co-founder of the Pivot Program. He is also the founding director of the Prisons and Justice Initiative (PJI) at Georgetown University, which brings together scholars, practitioners, and students to combat the problem of mass incarceration. Marc is one of the country’s leading voices and advocates for criminal justice and prison reform. His academic research addresses the deep challenges of contemporary democracy and the tragedy of criminal justice and prisons in America. In 2018, PJI launched the Prison Scholars Program at the DC Jail, which offers Georgetown courses, credits, and degrees to incarcerated students. 

On campus, Marc is a Professor of Government and Law, whose “Prisons and Punishment” class has become one of the most sought-after courses at Georgetown. In addition, Marc co-teaches a non-traditional course alongside his childhood friend, Marty Tankleff, who was himself wrongfully imprisoned for over 17 years. In the “Making an Exoneree” class, approximately 15 Georgetown undergraduate students take on cases of wrongful convictions and create documentaries with the goal of proving innocence and contributing to exonerations. The class has already contributed to the exoneration of Valentino Dixon, with more expected in the future.

Amy Li

Communications Director


Amy Li is the Communications Director of the Pivot Program. In this role, Amy develops Pivot’s digital content and communications material, including the Pivot newsletter and website news articles. Amy is also responsible for maintaining Pivot’s social media presence across the program’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn pages. 

Amy is a junior in Georgetown University’s Walsh School of Foreign Service studying International Economics. On campus, Amy serves as an Executive Editor for The Hoya, Georgetown’s oldest and largest student newspaper, and a research assistant within the McDonough School of Business. Amy is also the Executive Director for the North American Invitational Model United Nations, the largest student-run Model UN conference in the Western hemisphere.

Alyssa Lovegrove

Alyssa Lovegrove

Academic Director


Alyssa Lovegrove is the Academic Director of the Pivot Program. In this role, Alyssa is responsible for the design and delivery of Pivot’s classroom-based curriculum. She also oversees Pivot’s employer outreach efforts and cultivates relationships with potential internship hosts. Alyssa leads Pivot’s efforts to promote second chance hiring, working with corporations and industry associations both locally and nationally to increase employment opportunities for returning citizens. 

Alyssa began her career as a corporate relationship manager at Bankers Trust Company and later joined McKinsey & Company, where she worked as a strategy consultant in both New York and London. She left consulting to become the Co-Founder of the Great Little Trading Company, a UK-based online and mail-order retailer of children’s household products. Since her return to the US in 2007, Alyssa has been focusing on the development of innovative entrepreneurship and employment programs for individuals facing economic and social challenges. In 2009, she launched New Venture Mentors, a platform to support aspiring entrepreneurs from underserved economic communities. She is currently an advisor to BroadFutures, which provides internship opportunities to learning-disabled young adults, and Dog Tag Bakery, an entrepreneurship-based transition program for disabled military veterans and their caregivers. At Georgetown, Alyssa is a Professor of the Practice in Entrepreneurship. Alyssa also serves as Senior Advisor to the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative.

Joshua Miller

Joshua Miller

Managing Director


Joshua Miller is the Managing Director of the Pivot Program. In this role, Joshua is responsible for leading and managing relationships with Pivot’s partners, including the DC Office of Employment Services and the Minority Business Development Association. Joshua also jointly serves as the Director of Education for the Prisons and Justice Initiative (PJI) at Georgetown University, which brings together scholars, practitioners, and students to combat the problem of mass incarceration. 

Over the past ten years, Joshua has co-founded the Prison Scholars Program at Jessup Correctional Institution in Jessup, Maryland, the University of Baltimore Second Chance College Program, and the Georgetown Prison Scholars Program at the DC Jail. On campus, Joshua is an Assistant Teaching Professor in the Philosophy Department. He has authored numerous articles on the subjects of deliberative democracy, philosophy of punishment, mass incarceration, and prison education.

Binita Raval

Interim Director of Program Management, Executive Education


Binita Raval is the Interim Director of Program Management for the Georgetown McDonough School of Business Office of Executive Education’s Custom Programs team and the Program Manager for the Pivot Program. In her role, Binita oversees the 30+ customized executive education programs that are delivered annually at Georgetown and abroad. She is responsible for strategizing and implementing new systems and processes that enable the program management team to perform more effectively and efficiently. Binita works closely with the customs team to strengthen relationships between McDonough and its clients through providing high quality service and creating transformative and valuable experiences for the participants. 

Binita also manages her own portfolio of programs and has worked with over 20 public and private sector clients across the globe. Prior to joining Georgetown, Binita worked at the Institute for Defense and Business, where she planned and delivered custom education programs for the defense industry for four years. Binita holds a master’s degree in international business and policy from Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and Walsh School of Foreign Service and a bachelor’s degree in political science and peace, war, and defense from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Pietra Rivoli

Executive Director


Pietra Rivoli is the Co-Executive Director of the Pivot Program. Pietra co-founded the program in 2018 while serving as Vice Dean of the McDonough School of Business. Pietra has an overall responsibility for program leadership, fundraising, and strategic direction.  

Pietra has served two terms as Vice Dean of the MSB, with overall responsibility for faculty and academic affairs. She is a Professor of Finance and International Business and teaches in Georgetown’s undergraduate, graduate, and executive programs. Her academic research relates to social justice issues in international business and has been published in numerous leading journals. including the Journal of International Business Studies, Business Ethics Quarterly, and the Journal of Money Credit and Banking. Her 2005 book, The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy, has been widely acclaimed by both the popular press and the academic community as a pathbreaking study of globalization. Translated into 14 languages, and revised in 2014, Travels of a T-Shirt has been designated as one of the best business books of the year by multiple other outlets. The book was also a finalist for the Financial-Times-Goldman Sachs Book of the Year Award.

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